AsiaSat 8 will be co-located with AMOS-3, for a four-year period. AsiaSat 8 will complement Amos-3 in offering a full range of communication services. Its beams will cover the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Africa.
The satellite will go some way towards fulfilling the needs of customers following the launchpad loss of Amos 6 in September. Amos 6 would have replaced the ageing Amos 2 craft.
David Pollack, CEO and president of Spacecom, said, “We are glad to strengthen our connection with AsiaSat. AsiaSat 8 satellite enables us to continue serving our customers at 4°W orbital location following the expected end of life of AMOS-2 and provide them with additional capacity and services.”
It’s expected that AsiaSat 8 will begin service for Spacecom in the first quarter of 2017. Journey time from AsiaSat 8’s current location is estimated to be 45 days.
Andrew Jordan, President & CEO of AsiaSat, said, “We welcome Spacecom as our latest customer. AsiaSat 8’s superior performance offers an ideal fit for Spacecom’s needs. We look forward to growing this strong partnership in the years to come.”
Spacecom has an option to extend the agreement for an additional year of service.